Homeowners often forget about the crawl space that is located just under their homes. The crawl space is located around the foundation of the house. This area is typically filled with soil, and most homes have a layer of plastic covering the soil to help reduce moisture levels. However, when heavy rain hits or if a pipe bursts, the crawl space becomes exposed to high levels of moisture which can quickly lead to mold.
Many homeowners do not consistently check the crawl space of their homes, which allows the mold to continue to grow.
What to Look For
- Look for any signs of water stain or green, pink, or black spots on the baseboards. These are clear signs that there are moisture and mold in the home
- Warped floors, bubbling wallpaper, and mold smells are all other signs that mold is destroying your home.
- New health complications such as coughing, itchy eyes, respiratory issues, pneumonia, or premature asthma arising in healthy individuals. These symptoms may seem to be unexplained, but the cause is likely due to mold in the home.
Why You Should Care About Mold
Mold can have negative effects on your health. If the mold is left untreated, you or the members of your household may experience coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, or even lung disease.
Remember, you do not have to enter the crawl space to be exposed or affected by the mold. The airflow that is below your home in this space will circulate through your home. This air will carry toxic particles into the home and will spread throughout.
How to Remove Crawl Space Mold
When working with any kind of mold, its very important to protect yourself and your clothes. Before removing mold, you should always wear a face mask, or an OSHA approved respirator, goggles, gloves, and protective clothing.
- Assess the Severity of the Situation
In all the protective gear, asses how much mold is in the crawl space. If the job is too big, call Remedies, your trusted mold removal and remediation company.
- Prepare the Area
Wearing protective equipment for mold remediation, and sealing off the affected area to prevent the spread of the mold spores around the house.
- Negative Pressure
To ensure that the mold does not spread throughout the house, use an exhaust fan, to push air out of the crawl space.
Use a specific solution that is made for the affected surface. Before stirring the mold, it should be moisturized to prevent spores from escaping into the air.
Use an anti-mold solution to clean up all surfaces in the crawl space to prevent further mold growth. We suggest professional cleaning to ensure all mold spores are removed. After everything is cleaned, use a HEPA vacuum to remove any remaining mold or mold spores.
- Remove Contaminated Tools
Dispose of the plastic sheets by placing them into large black trash bags. Then remove all the protective gear and place in another black trash bag. Keep the trash stored outside until removed by a trash service.
Preventing Mold in Crawl Spaces
Once all the mold is extracted from the crawl space, it’s important to take action to prevent the mold from returning. The biggest way to prevent mold growth is to provide a dry area because mold can grow anywhere where moisture is present. You may consider encapsulating the crawl space area to ensure that no moisture can penetrate the space. Dehumidification is also an option that can control moisture and keep the air dry. You should also routinely check for crawl space mold and crawl space moisture.
Who to Call for Crawl Space Water Removal
If you discover mold in your crawl space, call Remedics Restoration, for our 24/7 emergency mold removal services. We take mold damage very seriously and we guarantee successful extraction and restoration.